The Best Value Illinois Colleges

Best Value Colleges in Illinois for 2022

Explore the colleges that provide the best value for your money in Illinois based on academic quality, outcomes, net price and financial aid. The rankings are calculated using ratings from the 2022 CollegeSimply Best Colleges ranking but additionally factors in the typical price paid by students to identify the colleges that offer the best deals. Leading the list for 2022 as the overall best value college in Illinois is Northwestern University. The highest value public state college is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Learn how the Best Value Colleges are calculated and ranked on our methodology page.


38 results

Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Value in Illinois

  • 22,603enrollment
  • $28,344net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.92Estimated Avg GPA
University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#2 Best Value in Illinois

  • 17,834enrollment
  • $36,584net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1500-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 4.2Avg Weighted GPA
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I
Champaign, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Value in Illinois

  • 52,679enrollment
  • $13,517net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1460SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA
University of Illinois at Springfield
I
Springfield, IL
University of Illinois at Springfield

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Value in Illinois

  • 4,146enrollment
  • $11,628net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 980-1190SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.42Estimated Avg GPA
Illinois Institute of Technology
I
Chicago, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Value in Illinois

  • 6,325enrollment
  • $28,161net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1390SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 4.06Avg Weighted GPA
University of Illinois at Chicago
I
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Value in Illinois

  • 33,518enrollment
  • $12,614net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Knox College
K
Galesburg, IL
Knox College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Value in Illinois

  • 1,154enrollment
  • $23,266net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1320SAT range
  • 22-31ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
University of St Francis
S
Joliet, IL
 
University of St Francis

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Value in Illinois

  • 3,529enrollment
  • $16,761net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 970-1180SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Elmhurst College
E
Elmhurst, IL
Elmhurst College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Value in Illinois

  • 3,421enrollment
  • $21,776net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 980-1170SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Lewis University
L
Romeoville, IL
 
Lewis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Value in Illinois

  • 6,437enrollment
  • $20,022net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1220SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Millikin University
M
Decatur, IL
Millikin University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#11 Best Value in Illinois

  • 1,982enrollment
  • $19,948net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 940-1160SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA
Trinity International University
T
Deerfield, IL
 
Trinity International University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Value in Illinois

  • 1,454enrollment
  • $21,271net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 910-1100SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.26Avg GPA
Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#13 Best Value in Illinois

  • 2,908enrollment
  • $27,474net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1450SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA
Illinois Wesleyan University
I
Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Value in Illinois

  • 1,636enrollment
  • $32,545net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1300SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
Dominican University
D
River Forest, IL
Dominican University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Value in Illinois

  • 3,189enrollment
  • $18,685net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 960-1160SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.72Avg Weighted GPA
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
S
Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Value in Illinois

  • 11,366enrollment
  • $15,638net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 930-1180SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.23Avg GPA
Bradley University
B
Peoria, IL
Bradley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#17 Best Value in Illinois

  • 5,855enrollment
  • $25,850net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1280SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA
Olivet Nazarene University
O
Bourbonnais, IL
Olivet Nazarene University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Value in Illinois

  • 3,764enrollment
  • $20,006net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 970-1190SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.38Estimated Avg GPA